Against Augsburg – the third game in nine days – Hertha dragged themselves to victory in the second half. Manager Preetz (52): “The tank was completely empty, but we fought back with our skin and hair.”
Reason: The number of failures increases from week to week. Hertha is also trembling for many stars before the crash on Saturday in Dortmund (6.30 p.m.).
Shooting star Matheus Cunha (21 / four goals in the last five games) is suffering from a concussion. Goal preparer Marvin Plattenhardt (28 / four assists in the last four games) too. Both are banned from sports, Tuesday is a doctor’s check.
National player Niklas Stark (25 / hip) took part in the training on Sunday. Karim Rekik (25 / knee) and Marius Wolf (25 / foot) test today.
There is still a question mark behind replacement keeper Thomas Kraft (31 / back). The season is over for Santiago Ascacibar (23 / foot broken).
At least there is now the all-clear for Per Skjelbred (32), who won all duels against Augsburg but hobbled off the pitch with knee pain.